Hoooo boy, big congrats to the Nighthawks on a great win.
SMU 67 @ NNU 92
FUN-DA-MEN-TALS *clap clap clapclapclap* were what propelled NNU to a great victory and SMU to a disappointing loss. Honestly we’re not particularly concerned about this loss from an SMU perspective; just get back on the horse and they’ll be fine. It is a really good win from an NNU perspective though, so that’s nice.
Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen had 10 points; and Luke Chavez was kept fairly quiet with six boards. Off the bench Jared Matthews had eight points; BJ Standley had five points; and Tavian Henderson continues to make the case for sixth man with 10 points and five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had a fantastic 31 points and five boards; Marko Lepovic had six boards; Jayden Bezzant had 12 points; and Maurice Jones was relatively contained with 13 points and nine boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had 10 boards and seven points.
Congrats to the Nighthawks on a fantastically played game. Keep grindin’!
SPU 84 @ CWU 83 in OT
Oh SPU… One of their assistant coaches not named George nor Kegan threw a fit over us being given stat sheets and we’re still wondering how it’s any of his business/why he cares so much about what an opposing school does with distribution of statistical information.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 boards; Sam Simpson had 10 points and seven boards; Tony Miller had 23 points; and Gavin Long had 17 points. Off the bench Harry Cavell had six points and five boards; and Nathan Streufert had five boards and a full house.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz continues to impress with six boards and five steals; Malik Montoya had 12 points and five boards; Jawan Stepney had five assists; and Fuquan Niles had nine points and nine blocks. Of the bench Sage Woodruff had 16 points; and Drake Rademacher was seriously impressive with 18 points and nine boards.
Don’t let the ‘W’ fool you -this SPU team is still a mess and the numbers reflect that. Congrats to Central on a hard fought game.
CU-PDX 60 @ SFU 68
Yup. Close all game. SFU finally put it away, but it was still not comfortable until the buzzer went off.
Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 10 points; and Christopher Edward had 20 points and a whopping 19 boards (WOW!!).
Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 21 points and seven boards; Michael Provenzano had six assists; JJ Pankratz had 27 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Othniel Spence had seven points.
An interesting lack of numbers by the Cavs -we’re honestly shocked they were in it as long as they were, going off the stats. Jarrett Gray has been down for a couple of games, so either he’s out of sorts or teams have figured him out -maybe both. Regardless: Nicely done Clan!
WOU 58 @ WWU 85
Dat palindrome score. Pretty much was as we expected -Trey Drechsel went off and that was all she wrote. It was close for a bit, but for the most part the Vikings were in control the whole way. At half time we weren’t sure because WOU is so good at half time adjustments, but… Not a chance. Tanner Omlid was 100% contained -absolutely insane. Nicely done Viks!
Wolf highlights: Vince Boumann had 11 points; Ali Faruq-Bey had 16 points and six boards; and off the bench Dustin Triano had six points; Brandell Evans had seven points; and JJ Chirnside also had seven points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 21 points and seven boards; Deandre Dickson had a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards; and Daulton Hommes had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had nine points; and Siann Rojas had eight points.
Way to go Vikings!!
MSUB 80 @ UAF 88
There we go. We’re pretty sure the GNAC Circle of Strength has been officially completed, but we’ll deal with that later.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 10 points; Tyler Green had 18 points; Kamal Tall had 10 points and six boards; Zack Rollins ahd 19 points and six boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 10 points. Off the bench Zharon Richmond had seven points; and Daniel Shedden had six points.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 23 points, five boards, and a full house, along with being 7-8 from the line; Davis Kimball had 24 points; Joe Lendway had 11 points and seven boards; and Michael Kluting had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, along with five fouls. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had five ponts; Donny Wilder had seven boards, five assists, and a full house; and Tre Eisenhut had seven points.
Not bad numbers from MSUB in the slightest, so we consider it a well-fought loss, which is always good. UAF is a hard place to play. Congrats to UAF on their first quality-ish win.
Ridiculously fun night of basketball. This coming week is pretty dead while teams deal with finals, but things really resume a week from Tuesday, so a nice break and then jumping in fully. POW will be up tomorrow and we’ll go from there.
We’re going to go ahead and do the UAF/UAA preview first to get it out of the way:
Anything can happen in a rivalry game and neither team has looked particularly impressive thus far, although Anchorage definitely more so than Fairbanks. We’re curious to see what Jacob Lampkin does against the Nooks, but that’s pretty much it.
Now, for the Bracketology:
Teams that we think have a legit shot at an at-large bid even if they lose several games during conference play:
Cal State LA -they got killed by Cal Baptist, but it was on the road and they played non-con largely within the region with a solid mix of A-B-C teams.
UCSD -While they have three losses, those three losses come from Azusa Pacific, Cal Baptist, and Dixie State; all traditionally strong teams. They also have a win against WWU -another team that projects to be strong.
San Marcos -Solid non-con; only loss was a blowout against CU-Irvine, and they have wins against both Azusa Pacific and CU-Portland, both of whom project as middle-of-the-pack teams in their respective conferences. They’re honestly the epitome of a bubble team in regard to how non-con looks.
Cal Baptist -Only loss comes from a surprisingly good SMU team.
CU-Irvine -Only loss is to Seattle Pacific, has wins against San Marcos (A), Central Washington (B-), and Chico (B+).
Point Loma -They have wins against an SMU team that beat Cal Baptist, and a Simon Fraser team that doesn’t look as bad as it usually does. Their losses come from GNAC-leading WOU and a good UCSD team.
Western Oregon -Our choice for now to host the regional; they got through a quality non-con schedule completely unscathed and then their formal travel partner upset Cal Baptist for them.
Saint Martin’s -Stellar non-con, only loss is to Point Loma, and they have a win over Cal Baptist. Love it.
Seattle Pacific -We’re not thrilled with how the Falcons have looked as of late, but the fact is: They have wins over CU-Irvine and Dixie State, one of their losses was on the road in 2OT, and then the other loss was D2 but non-west region on the road.
MSUB -isn’t on this list because while undefeated, they play the bulk of their non-con schedule in a few weeks.
Teams to keep an eye on despite a meh non-con:
Cal Poly Pomona -Lost to Azusa Pacific, beat Dixie State, but both were home games and that was the entirety of their D2 non-con.
Chico State -Lost a close one on a neutral court to CU-Irvine, killed Biola and Dominican; this is a terrible non-con schedule, just saying.
San Fran State -Lost to CU-Portland on a neutral court, beat NNU in OT on the road, barely beat Academy of Art & Dominican. All four teams project to be B & C teams in their respective conferences, so while SFSU has an okay record right now, we’re not impressed.
Dixie State -They went through a positively brutal non-con, with losses coming via Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State LA, Western Oregon, and Seattle Pacific, and then their one win was against UCSD. Do they need to have a great regular season? Yes. Should they be able to do it? Absolutely. Dixie usually gets better as the year goes on, and again: they couldn’t have tested themselves any more in non-con.
Azusa Pacific -Another brutal non-con, and they have wins against UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, and an SFU team that isn’t as bad as it normally is. Their losses come via WOU and San Marcos, so completely legitimate.
Chaminade -We want to see them win on the mainland. They barely beat Dominguez Hills, and while they beat the Alaska schools in Alaska, the Alaska schools are worse than normal this year.
Shockingly, we’re going to do the GNAC differently, because despite a meh non-con, almost every team is still in contention. Here are the teams that we think could only lose one or two games in conference, otherwise they’ll rely entirely on the auto-bid:
UAF -They barely played anyone and they only beat Hawaii Pacific.
UAA -Playing Holy Names is subtraction by addition. We get that they didn’t return anything, but they were projected to be wayyy better than they’ve proven thus far.
CWU -Played no one except CU-I and Hilo in non-con and they lost to CU-I at that. Sorry, but seriously two schools? Nope.
The good news for the three schools above is that CWU is a notoriously hard place to play, as are the Alaska schools, and then the conference tournament is hosted in Alaska. The bad news is that if everybody beats everybody and everyone ends up with four or five losses, they’re not going to deserve nor should they get the benefit of the doubt.
Is there quite a bit of the benefit of the doubt being given by teams that have proven themselves in the past, particularly in the Pac-West? Yes. But regeneration is much easier than starting from the bottom, and it’s such a big everybody’s-beaten-everbody-except-WOU that it’s what we’re going with. It’s awesome. It should be a really fun regular season.
And yes: the GNAC came out looking fantastic in non-con. Congrats in particular to CU-Portland, Northwest Nazarene, and Simon Fraser for still being in contention for at-large bids!
One question we’re now contemplating… If by February 1st it looks like neither Alaska school is going to make the conference tournament, is there any way we can send it back to Lacey instead? Just thinking out loud here.
Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!
Happy Thanksgiving Blog!
Chadron State 82 @ MSUB 95
Nicely done Jackets!! Again: We have no idea what it means in context, but a ‘W’ is a ‘W’!
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 16 points, six boards, and five assists; Tyler Green had 21 points; Kamal Tall had nine points and five boards; Zack Rollins had 11 points, nine boards, and overall picked up a full house; and Sven Jeuschede had 17 points and six boards. Off the bench Kobe Terashema had five assists; Zharon Richmond had eight points and six boards; and David Simental had nine points on perfect shooting in just six minutes.
Congrats to the Jackets on the ‘W,’ keep throwin’ it down!
SMU 73 @ Monterey Bay 70
SMU tried to choke this game away, but luckily the guys were able to hold the Otters off. Good lord. Are you aware the only natural predator of a sea otter is man? This is because they taste so bad that only the creatures that can eat them in one bite bother, and once they do it once they’re not likely to do it again because apparently the after-taste is horrifying too.
Saints highlights: Jordan Kitchen had 13 points and seven boards; EJ Boyce had four steals; Luke Chavez continues to run the show with 14 points, four assists and four steals; and Matt Dahlen had nine points. Off the bench Jared Matthews had eight points on perfect shooting; BJ Standley had nine points; and Tavian Henderson had 10 points and six boards.
Nicely done Saints! Non-con road victory -we love it.
Holy Names 77 @ UAF 67
So Alaska-Fairbanks didn’t get their revenge, but oh well.
Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell scored 13 and grabbed five boards; Alex Baham also grabbed five boards; Davis Kimball continues to impress with six assists and nine points; and Michael Kluting had a great performance with 19 points and nine boards. Off the bench Dalton Lootens had six points; and Joe Lendway had eight points.
UAF out-rebounded Holy Names 35-27, so they got that going for them, which is nice.
POW’ll be up in the next however long and then game previews will be up tomorrow at 10am.
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Chadron State @ MSUB @ 6:30pm
This is a non-region game, so who knows, but good luck to MSUB! The Jackets are currently 3-0 against D2 teams, but we’re not entirely convinced of the D2 teams they’ve beat. Chadron State is currently 2-2 but we have no read on how good their competition is, because we don’t care enough to sort through the three regions worth of non-con they’re playing.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ Cal State Monterey Bay @ 7:30pm
It’s complicated. Monterey Bay has lost two close games (against CWU & CU-PDX), lost a game via free throws (Cal State LA), and then won a game against Dominguez Hills by one. All of those were on the road. We’re inclined to think that they’ve been more battle tested and will be better at home. That said: We like and believe in SMU, but they were picked right in the same range as CWU & CU-PDX, so… We’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Holy Names @ UAF pt. 2 @ 8pm
So the game last night went to 2OT with HNU eventually pulling out a win on the Tundra, which is quite honestly horrifying from a GNAC strength-of-schedule point of view. That said, obviously Fairbanks is gonna be out for revenge and the Hawks aren’t going to want them to get that revenge and blah blah blah, who knows?
Prediction: UAF gets their revenge.
Not too much to say. We’re curious about the Monterey Bay game, so… We’ll see. Good luck to the Yellowjackets, Saints, and Nooks.
Lots of great moments to be proud of and excited about, teams doing what we know they can and getting it done! NNU is looking better than normal, which is great for everyone much less them =) Way to go Crusaders.
CWU 84 vs. Hilo 79 @ SPU
It looks closer than it was; CWU turned off the gas after having a huge lead. Oh well, got the ‘W’ that’s what counts.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 25 points and was 9-11 from the line; Marc Rodgers had eight points; and Fuquan Niles was a fantastic 6-7 from the field, 5-6 from the line, and finished with 17 points and 11 boards. Off the bench Malik Montoya had 10 points; and Coleman Sparling had six points and five boards.
Way to get it done Wildcats!
Azusa Pacific 87 @ WOU 99
Pretty much what we expected and numbers from the usual guys. Good performance, solid, looking long and strong.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 15 points, five boards, and five steals among other stats for a full house; Darius Luborn had seven boards; Riley Hawken had five boards; JJ Chirnside had 10 points and five boards also rounding out with a full house. Off the bench Malik Morgan had nine points; Demetrius Trammell proved his sixth man expertise scoring 24 points on great shooting including 6-8 from three; Janvier Alaby had 10 points; and Vince Bouman 18 points while going 6-7 from the field.
Congrats on a nice win Wolves!
SFSU 97 @ CU-PDX 102
HECK YES CONCORDIA-PORTLAND!!!!!! We knew you could do it.
Cav highlights: Cody Starr had 22 points and 10 assists for the double-double; Jarrett Gray had 22 points and five assists; and Christopher Edward had 14 points and 11 boards. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had a massive 25 on good shooting and while going 6-7 from the line; and Taylor Harris also shot well, finishing with 13 points.
Great job to the Cavs! Ridiculously proud of you.
CU-Irvine 56 @ SPU 79
Ooookay. We’ll take it. We’re confused about whether or not we still think CU-I is a good team though; we’ll have to wait and see and cross our fingers as a conference.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and five boards; and Sam Simpson had six boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points; Harry Cavell had 11 points; Hunter Eisenhower had 11 points; and Nathan Streufert had eight points, seven boards, and a whopping seven blocks.
Congrats & thank-you for getting the ‘W’ Falcons! Our conference SOS largely depends on you.
Holy Names 55 @ UAA 63
Not the distribution we were expecting, but UAA won and that’s what counts.
Seawolf highlights: Maleke Haynes had eight assists; Jacob Lampkin continues to impress with a double-dobule of 17 points and 14 boards; DJ Ursery had 19 points and five boards; and off the bench Drew Peterson had12 points and six boards while being 4-4 from the line.
Thanks for getting it done Seawolves.
Academy of Art 76 @ NNU 84
Picking up those non-con wins NNU! Nicely done.
Crusader highlights: Obi Megway ahd 23 points; Jayden Bezzant had 17 points and six boards among a full house; Maurice Jones is Maurice Jones -he had 27 points and 12 boards while being 8-9 from the line. Off the bench Sam Roth had eight points and six boards; while Olamilekan Adetunji had four boards.
Usually in past years NNU would have won by one or two against Art U.; this is marked improvement. Congrats to the Crusaders!
Win the day we did! GNAC goes 6/6 and life is good.
All times pacific.
WOU vs. Dixie @ 3pm
We actually trekked all the way down to Monmouth yesterday (we live in Seattle) and we weren’t impressed with Dixie. We think it’s a super winnable game for WOU, especially at home.
Prediction: WOU wins.
CWU vs. CU-Irvine @ 5pm
The SPU game yesterday confused us because CU-I had good wins last weekend and then the Falcons dismantled them meanwhile putting up terrible numbers. If CWU comes out swinging, there’s no reason the Wildcats can’t win.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CU-PDX vs. Academy of Art @ 5pm
They had a FANTASTIC win against SFSU yesterday and we can’t wait to see what they do against Art U.
Prediction: CU-PDX wins comfortably.
SPU vs. Hilo @ 7pm
Hilo apparently wakes up for big teams and while the Falcons have been meh the last couple of years, they’re still as egomaniacal as ever, and Hilo has too many losses to do it again. If SPU can stay tenacious they should win, but if there’s any thought of “we don’t need to take them seriously,” Hilo is gonna get the ‘W.’
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU vs. San Fran State @ 7pm
We think SFSU is a good team. We think NNU is an okay team. We think that it’s possible for NNU to win, but it would be an upset if they did.
Prediction: SFSU pulls out a win, but not without a scare.
UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm
Last night was closer than we expected and yes UAA plays back-to-back games against a Pac-West bottom dweller. It is what it is, but we are judging them for it. We know it tanks the conference SOS, but we hate them scheduling this school so much that… We’d kind of like an HNU upset because we figure the SOS is tanked regardless.
Prediction: UAA wins.
Should be an interesting night of games. Really curious about the WOU/Dixie game in particular, although we consider this to be a mostly stacked night of games.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
We’re really 50/50 on doing the whole “this is who did what this year,” and yet one of the reasons we do it isn’t because we think you guys can’t read the stat sheets yourself, but to highlight the players and be like “Hey, Daulton was fantastic, look at this!” in tangible form, and from that perspective it does make sense.
SPU 93 vs. Sonoma 100 in 2OT @ Cal State East Bay
Um, who knows what that means except it was ridiculous in every way and a great way to start off the year? Part of us is like “another year like last year where we know nothing about anyone would be fun,” and part of us is like “Good lord, give us some actual numbers.”
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 points and eight boards; Sam Simpson had eight points, 12 boards, and five fouls; Nikhil Lizotte went 7-8 from the line and had six assists in his GNAC debut; Tony Miller had 10 boards; and Gavin Long had seven boards and 24 points. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had nine points and eight rebounds.
Hard loss, but 2OT is always impressive.
MSUB 74 @ East Bay 72
Super great game, really fun to watch. Hysterical because no one knows anything about how good teams are supposed to be and while East Bay and MSUB both sit in the same range in their respective conferences, at the same time who knows? We could be watching two insanely good teams that are destined for the Regional. It’s the first game of the season, anything’s possible!
Yellowjacket highlights: Tyler Green had a fantastic GNAC debut with 22 points on good shooting; Kamal Tall logged a solid five fouls and five rebounds; Zach Rollins went 7-11 and grabbed six boards, ultimately finishing with 20 points in a whopping 39 minutes; and Daniel Shedden finished with six boards off the bench.
Admittedly we’re writing this while sitting at the game MSUB is playing, so… Go Jackets!
CWU 62 vs. San Bernardino State 81 @ CU-PDX
See, the problem with this being our fourth year of blogging is that every team is now ours, which means all of you are going to get the SPU treatment where we go ‘WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!?!’ Welcome to the land of our homerism; it sucks =)
Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had six boards; and Fuquan had 10 points. Off the bench Khalil Shabazz had 28 points, six boards, and five steals -nicely done!! And Jerome Bryant had five boards.
C’mon Wildcats, back in the game today, let’s go!
SMU 95 vs. Fresno Pacific 79 @ WOU
NICELY DONE SAINTS!!!! Admittedly FPU is usually terrible, and you guys return a ton, but it’s still awesome, getting it done.
Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen starts off the season with a bang and a double-double included 21 points and 10 boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 points; EJ Boyce had a fantastic 23 points including going 7/10 from the line. Off the bench BJ Standley had 11 points, five boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had eight points.
Great job Saints, let’s keep it rolling!
SFU 87 vs. Hilo 75 @ WWU
HELLO SIMON FRASER!!!!! This is so exciting, we haven’t looked at the numbers yet and so… Let’s jump right in.
Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome comes into the year strong with a double-double of 12 boards and 26 points; and Michael Provenzano did similarly with five boards, nine assists, and 15 points. Off the bench Othniel Speence had five points; and Jordan Muir-Keung had six points.
Keep rolling Clan!
UAF 58 vs. Chaminade 71 @ UAA
Honestly it’s whatever -UAF has pretty much a completely new team and so they’re going to need time to gel. UAF doesn’t schedule anything in non-con, so we feel like we won’t get a true read on them until conference play, but the problem with that is neither will The Committee.
Nook highlights: LaDonavan Wilder starts off the season strong with 12 points and six boards; and Davis Kimball comes in to the conference with a good performance of 23 points and six boards.
Monterey Bay 85 @ CU-PDX 88 in OT
NICE GAME CAVS!!!!! Admittedly CU-PDX returns a lot, but coming out ready to fight and go and get after it is awesome and we’re super proud of you guys.
Cavalier highlights: Cody Starr -hello! Congrats on your 16 points; Jarrett Gray, welcome back, 25 points and eight boards; and Christopher Edward also came back strong with 12 points and eight boards. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 10 points; whileTaylor Harris had nine boards.
Nicely done on pulling out the win -go get another one today!
Point Loma 69 @ WOU 70
Hooooly guacamole, congrats to the Wolves!! Both of you played in fantastic conference tournament games that almost propelled you to a bid in the Big Dance and it looks like you’re picking it up right where you left off.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had six boards, five steals, and a full house on terrible shooting; RILEY HAWKEN had nine boards -we’ve missed you Riley!; and off the bench Darius Luborn entered his GNAC career with a boom of 19 points on good shooting; and Ali Faruq-Bey had six boards.
P.S. Dear Tanner and Demetrius -what is wrong with you two?! Ice cold. Back in it today.
Notre Dame de Namur 45 @ WWU 87
Um, ouch. Good job on getting it done WWU.
Viking highlights: Logan Schilder had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards; Deandre Dickson is now in the starting line-up and had 10 points; Trevor Jasinsky also moved up and scored 10; and Daulton Hommes, who is now oddly enough the grandpa of the starting line-up had 10 points. Off the bench Blake Fernandez had nine points on 3-2-1 perfect shooting; Brett Kingma had six points; Brad Wallace had eight points and four boards; and Siaan Rojas makes his GNAC debut with a great 12 points.
Good job Vikings? We’re proud of you and thank-you for getting the win for our conference.
Hawaii Pacific 65 @ UAA 51
WE WERE VINDICATED IN SWITCHING OUR PROJECTION!!! Sorry Seawolves, we love you and we really don’t care if we’re right or not, but usually it’s not so we’ve gotta take it where we can.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin comes into the GNAC and gets a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Kylan Osborne had six points off the bench.
Arrrrghf. That’s “arf” in wolf/pirate.
Interesting first day of games. Naturally we know nothing, but it was still so amazing to have basketball back! Congrats on a great first day and let’s rack up the Ws.
Holy guacamole, welcome to Nutso November. Our schedule is a little wacky today (as is the game schedule), so the highlights of yesterday’s games will probably go up this afternoon at some point.
That said, let’s jump into previewing today’s games, seeing as one starts in under an hour.
All times pacific standard.
MSUB vs. Sonoma State @ Cal State East Bay @ 12pm
We’re curious about this game because not even Sonoma knows if Sonoma is going to be good, and both of these teams are coming off of close wins -Sonoma in 2OT and MSUB in regulation- and so we’ll see what happens. If both games in this tournament end as they did yesterday, it’ll be arguably the best basketball tournament we’ve witnessed… This year. Okay, the GNAC tourney was unbelievably fantastic too, but the more great basketball the better!
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SPU @ Cal State East Bay @ 2pm
No idea; we know nothing because it’s early in the season, the two games played in this tournament yesterday were insane, and there’s arguably an interesting dynamic that could be on display between these two teams in particular.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU vs. Monterey Bay @ 3pm
CWU suffered a bit of an embarrassing loss yesterday, because seriously Wildcats?! You return more than anyone else in the conference outside of the Westerns and that’s how you play?! C’mon men.
Prediction: Monterey Bay wins.
CU-PDX vs. San Bernardino State @ 5pm
We’re sooo proud of the Cavs play yesterday and feel like they’re in a great position to keep the momentum going and get a win today.
Prediction: CU-PDX wins another close one.
SMU vs. Point Loma @ 5pm
Gah, we wish we were attending this game. It should be fantastic.
Prediction: Point Loma wins a close one.
SFU vs. Notre Dame de Namur @ 5pm
Is SFU legitimate or is Hilo terrible? If we go with the ‘SFU is legit’ argument then we expect them to beat ND de Namur convincingly.
Prediction: SFU is good this year; wins by 10 or so.
UAF vs. Hawaii Pacific @ 6:30pm
UAF lost to Chaminade by a fair bit, Hawaii Pacific beat Anchorage by a fair bit, thus…
Prediction: HPU blows out UAF.
WWU vs. Hilo @ 7:30pm
Our prediction is going to be that WWU wins every game until they don’t. Their team is stacked and we’re really excited about it.
Prediction: WWU blows out Hilo.
WOU vs. Fresno Pacific @ 7:30pm
Our prediction is going to be that
WWU WOU wins every game until they don’t. Their team is stacked and we’re really excited about it.
Prediction: WOU blows out FPU.
UAA vs. Chaminade @ 9pm
Another game we’re really curious about because with the results of yesterday it looks like Chaminade and UAA could be a couple of well-matched teams because we think UAA is better than UAF and HPU is better than Chaminade.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!
It’s finally here!!!!! We ultimately swapped a couple of our prognostication picks just because we have a standard of not projecting transfers to do anything until we actually see them play D2 games.
This year the only teams that truly return adequately proven D2 basketball players are the Westerns -that is Western Washington and Western Oregon- and so we abandoned all of our pre-season gifs and basically everything and figure the last week of November is destined for our blog blitz because we’ll finally actually know something. Maybe.
That said… We can preview today’s games, because we do have lots of questions about them.
All times pacific standard.
Seattle Pacific vs. Sonoma State @ Cal State East Bay @ 12pm
Seattle Pacific was terrible last year but in our opinion it’s addition by subtraction; we like what they have coming back seeing as they return basically everything on a team that displayed good fundamentals -just an exceptional amount of youth and a brand new coaching staff. Sonoma is usually upper middle of the CCAA and made the Regional last year, so it should be a good battle.
Prediction: Sonoma State wins a close one.
MSU-Billings @ Cal State East Bay @ 2pm
MSUB loses Preston Beverly but returns Kendall Denham, Kamal Tall, and Sven Jeuschede, so they’ve got that going for them. Cal State East Bay is breaking in a new coach, but we swear by him (our grad school coach) and they did better than they have in the past last year, so… We think they’ve got potential.
Prediction: East Bay wins, but no idea on the margin.
Central Washington vs. San Bernardino State @ CU-PDX @ 5pm
San Bernardino didn’t do much last year and we like what CWU returns, despite their embarrassing performance against NAIA Northwest.
Prediction: CWU wins, but not particularly comfortably.
Saint Martin’s vs. Fresno Pacific @ WOU @ 5pm
We ended up switching them ahead of Anchorage in our prognostication because they return more than we realized, which is awesome. They should win without issue, although they are a team that tends to improve quite a bit throughout the season, so a loss would be nothing to panic about.
Prediction: SMU wins a close-ish one.
Simon Fraser vs. Hawaii-Hilo @ WWU @ 5pm
BRAND NEW CARVER!!!!!!!! Simon Fraser actually returns a lot, and so we’re not entirely confident in our pick of them being last in the GNAC. Players we’re really curious to see the improvement of include Othniel Spence, Michael Provenzano, JJ Pankratz, and Tyrell Lewin. We’re also excited to see what Hilo does against GNAC teams this year -thanks again to the Vulcans for coming up and swinging down through the Washington schools; everyone benefits from it.
Prediction: Hilo wins, although not a blow-out.
Alaska-Fairbanks vs. Chaminade @ 6:30pm
No idea, but it should be a good match-up because the teams usually sit in fairly similar places in their respective conferences. We’re curious about UAF, but honestly they return so little that we’re not sure this game is really going to tell us anything.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CU-Portland vs. Monterey Bay @ 7pm
We’re reaaaaally intrigued by this game because it’s yet another match-up of teams that have started to sit in similar spots in regard to middle of the conference. We love what CU-Portland returns and we can’t wait to see the great numbers they’ll put up.
Prediction: CU-Portland pulls out a win at home.
Western Oregon vs. Point Loma @ 7:30pm
We’re super curious about this game. A couple of really good coaches that almost willed their teams to NCAA Tournament bids facing off to start the season. Western Oregon, obviously we’re excited about keeping Tanner for a year -we didn’t expect him to win player of the year last year, but numbers are numbers, and this game should have fantastic ones for both teams, although probably nothing insane regard to being super low scoring or high scoring; it should be balanced.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Western Washington vs. Notre Dame de Namur @ 7:30pm
WWU returns everything and NDdN is usually terrible, so it should be a good warm-up for the Viks, provided they take it with at least a modicum of seriousness.
Prediction: WWU wins in a blow-out.
Alaska-Anchorage vs. Hawaii Pacific @ 9pm
HPU had a good run last year and Anchorage returns almost nothing, but supposedly they’ve gotten in some really amazing transfers. Unfortunately for Anchorage, we were subject to an awful former D1, two-time Oregon 5A state player of the year that was bad enough we named a rule after time: The Jake Ehlers Rule, which means we don’t count transfers in regard to pre-season rankings nor predictions -we need to see people play in actual D2 games.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Good luck to all involved, we’ll be keeping a super close eye on everything, and…
Let’s go GNAC, get some Ws!
These are going to be a little bit weird this year because so many of last year’s players come back and then so many teams bring in a ton of transfers, and so we’re just going to do a top-seven list of returners, with the anticipation that at least three transfers will also make the actual all-conference teams.
Top Seven Returners:
Daulton Hommes -WWU, Jr.
Deandre Dickson -WWU, Sr.
Tony Miller -SPU, So.
Fuquan Niles -CWU, Sr.
Maurice Jones -NNU, Sr.
Christopher Edward -CU-PDX, Sr.
Tanner Omlid -WOU, Sr.
Those guys ALL made post-season teams last year and we get to keep them this year. How cool is that? We’re so excited. Last year was a “bit” of a down year… This year, we’re gonna be like Scrooge McDuck in regard to good basketball. It’s going to be so great.
Speaking of which: Hi Transfers!! We can’t wait to watch you play!!!! We left three spots for you on our pre-season all conference list!
Other guys to keep an eye on:
UAF: LaDonavan Wilder; SFU: JJ Pankratz, Michael Provenzano, Iziah Sherman-Newsom; WWU: Trey Drechsel, Blake Fernandez, Brad Wallace, Trevor Jasinsky; SPU: Coleman Wooten, Nikhil Lizotte; SMU: Rhett Baerlocher, Jordan Kitchen, Michael Painter, Cameron Chatwin; MSUB: Kendall Denham, Kamal Tall, Sven Jeuschede; CWU: Naim Ladd, Jawan Stepney; NNU: Marko Lepovic, Nikola Prvulj; CU-PDX: Jarret Gray; WOU: Malik Morgan, Demetrius Trammell, Ali Faruq-Bey; Riley Hawken.
Tomorrow will be the annual GIF anticipations post.